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Fat Boys is the self-titled first studio album by Hip Hop group The Fat Boys.
On this day in 2001 Sticky Fingaz releases “Blacktrash: The Autobiography of Kirk Jones”
Blacktrash: The Autobiography of Kirk Jones is the first solo album byOnyx member Sticky Fingaz, released May 29, 2001. The lyricist portrays the fictional Kirk Jones, a felon just released from prison who is now struggling to come to terms with life outside jail. The listener is taken from street drama on “My Dogz Iz My Gunz” to metaphysical musings on “Oh My God” and rage-filled vents on his girlfriend in “Cheatin’” before an ironic, post-mortem cover version of Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” finishes this album which went deeper than many critics had expected from the hardcore rapper. The album was also released in a clean version. The CD is soon to become out of print.
Niggaz4Life (also known as EFIL4ZAGGIN) is the second and final studio album by gangsta rap group N.W.A, released in 1991. It was their final album, as the group disbanded later the same year after the departure ofDr. Dre and songwriter The D.O.C. for Death Row Records; the album features only four members of the original line-up, as Ice Cube had already left the group in 1989. Niggaz4Life debuted at No. 2 on theBillboard 200, but in its second week reached No. 1.
In 1992, several months after the release of the album, N.W.A released a video entitled Niggaz4Life: The Only Home Video, which chronicled the making of the album and its three music videos, “Alwayz into Somethin’“, “Appetite for Destruction” and “Approach to Danger”.
In 2003, the CD was re-released in two formats. Both had the EP 100 Miles and Runnin’ appended to the end of the original track listing, but one was available with a DVD copy of Niggaz4Life: The Only Home Video.
One of the standout tracks on The Notorious B.I.G’s 1997 double disc albumLife After Death is “Notorious Thugs” featuring Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. The opening song onLAD‘s disc two was a 6-minute exhibition on double time flow from Biggie and Bone.
Renown artist manager and entrepreneur Steve Lobel was around for the making of “Notorious Thugs.” The Queens, New York native sat down with producer DJ Mustard for Blurred Culture to talk about how the classic tune came together.
Lobel reflected on Fat Joe and Sean “Puffy” Combs’ (aka Diddy) playing significant roles in bringing the Biggie and Bone camps together. He also spoke about Love & Hip Hop Atlanta star Stevie J. producing the beat and the quick recording turn around time on the part of the Bone Thug members.
“That song was done in not even an hour and a half from Bone. They went in there and laid the verses and left,” Lobel tells Mustard.
According to the CEO of A-2-Z Entertainment, Biggie did not lay his verse at the same time. Lobel later spoke to Puffy after the record was released, and the Bad Boy founder explained why it took Big so long to add his part.
“Puff was like, ‘It took Big a while. He mastered that [flow] and studied it,’” said Lobel. “That record helped Bone on the East Coast – even though ‘Crossroads’ opened it up for them. But New York was fickle, and no one was really accepting Bone. Bone and Biggie solidified it.”
Watch Steve Lobel talk about the making of The Notorious B.I.G and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony’s “Notorious Thugs” below.
Rick Ross, through his legal counsel, has fired back at 50 Cent over a recent lawsuit that attempts to shift blame over a sex tape.
The 2010 Lestonia Leviston, 36, of Florida sued 50 Cent in Manhattan court for posting and promoting a sex tape with herself and her former boyfriend Maurice Murray in 2009.
Ross lawyer Xavier Donaldson fired back on behalf of the rapper.
“The recent lawsuit filed by Curtis Jackson against Mr. William Roberts is clearly another attempt to draw attention to his descending entertainment career and one of several desperate, last minute attempts he’s made to avoid and deflect legal and financial responsibility for his own actions related to the pending New York City civil trial in which he’s a defendant,” said Donaldson.
50 Cent was successful in having the Leviston suit dismissed by filing for bankruptcy for his SMS promotions, which is reportedly in 500k in debt. He was supposed to appear in court Tuesday to answer to the sex tape case.
Donaldson took exception to the new direction the case has taken. 50 Cent now charges that he obtained the video from Rozay and that he was merely reposting what was already in existence.
Donaldson: “The New York City lawsuit was filed against Curtis Jackson five years ago. Mr. Roberts was neither named as a defendant nor legally joined by Mr. Jackson in that suit. If and/or when Mr. Jackson properly serves Mr. Roberts, we will aggressively address and defend against these frivolous and futile claims.”
50 Cent has not responded to this new twist in the case.
Tyler The Creator unceremoniously put Odd Future to rest tonight.
On Twitter, the one-time leader of the motley collective said, “Although its no more, those 7 letters are forever.”
The crew that included Tyler the Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, Frank Ocean and others was paradigm shift stylistically and musically.
In the 5 years since their rise, Odd Future as a unit has released one album and two mixtapes.
Below are more of the tweets Tyler sent out about the group.